Not even torrential rains could keep Kenny Chesney from performing for more than 50,000 fans at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium Saturday night. Kenny and his team kept a close eye on the storms that rolled through the area at show time, delaying the start of the night by 30 minutes.
“Obviously, we never want anyone to be in danger,” Kenny said. “But we know lots of people plan trips to come together for one of these shows – and you hate for them to lose their travel, their hotels. And selfishly, the fans at Arrowhead Stadium are some of the loudest we play to every year! So, Kacey (Musgraves) went on thirty minutes late and in the rain, like a real trooper – and we got on with the show.”
His dedication and performance was hailed by the Kansas City Star that said of his two-hour set, “…he sang and bounced and prowled across the stage, working up a heavy sweat even in the cool evening air.” It tuned into an evening Kenny won’t soon forget.
“It was one of those nights,” he said. “Maybe because the crowd has to work a little harder to be there, they are really ready to have a good time. But when we hit that stage, they were ready. And by the time we walked off, they’d taken that some place else. That’s how powerful the music you love is: even in a downpour, there’s nowhere else you’d rather be.”
Kenny’s No Shoes Nation Tour has already sold more than a million tickets this year. The tour will roll into Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field this coming Saturday, the same stadium where Kenny kicked off his headlining stadium shows in 2005.
“That’s the power of the No Shoes Nation: rain, sometimes ice, burning heat: they come and they come to rock!” he said. “It’s a long way from playing Knoxville’s Neyland Stadium to the Arrowhead Stadium or Heinz Field – and they’re the reason we can come out, play stadiums and bring this music to life every summer. And there’s nothing like the feeling of hitting that stage every night, and hearing the crowd sing along.”
GAC will give fans an in-depth look at Kenny Chesney and his life both on and offstage in a new documentary, Kenny Chesney: No Shoes Nation premiering Wednesday, June 19 at 10/9c. Produced by Shaun Silva, the special was filmed in Ft. Lauderdale, Key West, Tampa, Jacksonville, St. John and Barbados during tour rehearsals, in the islands, at club gigs, stadiums shows and all sorts of places in between, giving fans a 360 degree picture of what it’s like to be Kenny.
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